Last week Kristy shared her fangirl thoughts on the premiere of Agents of SHIELD. Today she’s back to share her thoughts on Episode 2!
Summary: Fitz becomes the ultimate badass, Daisy is awesome, May’s dad is basically Stan Lee, and I continue to hate Ward… OH! And I screamed like a banshee.
Once again, wow SHIELD, you can sure throw a lot of information into one episode.
We start off in the lovely time of… wait… 1839?! That was unexpected!
I felt SO bad for that guy that drew the white rock. Let’s be honest, he knew he was making a one-way trip. They gave him what? A few provisions?! I bet he lasted a couple days, tops. What an awful situation. But hey, he signed up for the raffle from hell.
Daisy (HA! I GOT IT RIGHT!) wants to put together a group of powered individuals to help SHIELD. As the audience, I can already start to see the beginnings of the Civil War storyline. It’s amazing the way that this television show has become such an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are numerous powered people popping up, and I can totally see why
Skye (I’M SORRY IT JUST POPS OUT) Daisy wants to put together her own group. It makes sense, considering how lost & helpless (& super destructive) these people are… but mostly considering Marvel’s future movies, including the 2019 Inhumans film (which may or may not be cancelled???). Bring on the Secret Warriors!
FITZ YOU CONTINUE TO BREAK MY HEART. Gosh, when they all ran into the room to pull him away from the Monolith, for a second he was a man with absolutely NOTHING LEFT. And then, as soon as Bobbi wiped away the sand (so sweet though), we saw that glimmer of hope in his eyes. SCIENCE BABY WAS RIGHT. Bless his sweet heart! He confirmation that it was, in fact, a portal. It honestly made me so happy the way the entire team jumped on board to save her, especially after last episode when it felt like everyone abandoned her.
Professor Randolph, you silly goof of an Asgardian man. I think it’s perfect casting choosing Peter MacNicol to play an ancient Asgardian. When we think of Asgardians, we think of warriors—Thor, Lady Sif, people you would be terrified to meet in a fight. And then there’s Randolph, the small, sarcastic man who quietly sits in prison because it’s comfortable. It reminds you that not all Norse Gods are war lords. I laughed so hard when he pulled the bars off with one easy tug. Peter MacNicol does a great job, once again, with the role and I hope we see him again.
Ok, so May’s been working on her swing for a few months. Obviously. And somehow hasn’t punched her dad yet… MAY’S DAD IS HILARIOUS. I had the amazing pleasure of seeing Stan Lee’s panel at this year’s Edmonton Expo and, after finally being witness to his legendary wit, I can honestly say that I think they based Papa May on Stan Lee himself. ?ﾟﾏﾻ Referring to Mama May in conversation: “She calls me now and then to see if I’m still living.” The straight face delivery was so perfect. Someone give that man an award for Best Comedic Timing Ever! We need to see him in the show again. I expect him to call May at a random moment and tell her she forgot to water the plants or something ridiculous. It was also nice to get a little bit of insight into May’s childhood. She’s always been such a mystery and seeing that she was once a child (obviously, but it’s still hard to believe), who loved figure skating, gave her character some nice background.
I’m super glad to see May back on screen, her character was definitely missed last episode.
Have I explained how much I hate Ward? Brett Dalton is so, so, so good. He plays such a twisted character with such ease, you can tell he truly embraces the twists & turns (and fun) that comes with playing someone so messed up. The fight scene on the boat was brilliant to watch. Ward took out 10 men without breaking a sweat, making it seem as easy as breathing. Brett Dalton’s fighting skills have definitely improved from the first season of the show, to the point that I truly believe Ward is a force to be reckoned with. I still hate Ward. I think I will always hate Ward. But props must be given. There is absolutely no good that will have come from him finding Strucker’s son, and I’m rather disturbed by his approach at rebuilding Hydra. He’s putting together a team of high powered, ruthless individuals, with little-to-no empathy. They’re going to cause some serious damage. PLEASE BE CAREFUL MAY AND HUNTER. THERE ARE MORE OF THEM THAN YOU ?ﾟﾘﾮ?
Oooooo ruins of a castle… the same symbol Fitz found in Hebrew… a secret door…. a STEAMPUNK LAB?! Ok, that was cool. Every time I thought it couldn’t get any cooler, it did! It’s actually astonishing that almost 200 years previous, some scientists had actually discovered how to unlock the portal, with very limited resources. Fitz figures out very quickly that Daisy’s awesome powers of vibration can vibrate the molecules in the monolith and act on behalf of the machine. Only catch? She can only do it for one minute.
Fitz desperately called out her name (you know who I mean when I say “her,” because for Fitz there is only one “her”) and when she responded I honestly thought my heart skipped a beat. That scene was so powerful. The entire time they were SO close, yet SO FAR. THEY WERE ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE UNIVERSE. YOU CAN’T GET ANY FURTHER THAN THAT. Daisy’s powers were causing her physical pain, yet she held on in order to save her friend. In that moment it meant everything to her. It meant everything to all of them. It meant everything to all of US! Every single person in that lab was rooting for Fitz to find Simmons, but were also terrified that they’d lose him too (Can you imagine? ?ﾟﾘﾭ?). Watching Fitz and Simmons cling to each other desperately was probably the most heart wrenching thing I’ve ever watched on TV. And when he got pulled back, I truly thought they were going to be separated again.
That scene was a perfect example of the reason I watch Agents of SHIELD. When the Monolith exploded, I thought we’d lost both of them. But then my intuition kicked in and was like, “Kristy, don’t be stupid, they wouldn’t do that. They’d tick off an entire legion of shippers. And when shippers are angry, WE ANGRY“. Thank goodness I was right, because if they both got lost out there, I’d lose it. ?ﾟﾘﾡ?
When he pulled her out of the rubble and hugged her, that was the CUTEST SMILE EVER. AHH MY SHIPPER HEART. He got Simmons back. He got his girl back. FitzSimmons have been the heart of the show for quite some time now, and I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for them.
JUST PLEASE LET THEM BE HAPPY AND LET THEM LIVE.
Bear McCreary, music composer for SHIELD, in the words of Hunter, “YOU ARE A BEAUTY”. That whole scene was so powerful (the writing, the acting, the cinematography) and the music added such a strong element that otherwise would have been missed. He’s consistently been great. Go check out his YouTube channel. The man isn’t just a genius. He’s hilarious. In case you don’t want to wade through all of his videos, you can check out my favourite video here. Trust me, you’ll laugh. Watch till the end.
Oh poor Simmons. I’m very curious to see what they’ll be doing with her character now that she has returned. I’m almost positive they’ll be exploring the trauma that she endured for months, and am personally hoping they take some time for her to heal and recover. And maybe Fitz can help? I like that idea. Also, when she fell asleep on Fitz’s lap… I shed a tear… OF HAPPINESS! ?
That’s all for now! Tune in next week for another SHIELD review! Let me know your thoughts in the comments!